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Homemade Cookie Dough Larabars

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Written by Abby

This quick and simple date recipe is made to save you some cash on the iconic Larabar! It has less sugar and taste so much fresher than store-brought. Thanks to the crunch of the cashew, binding sweetness of the date, and richness of chocolate, this will be your new favorite snack!
Raise your hand if you love to spoon some raw cookie dough straight from the container ✋Also raise your hand if you like healthy snacks that taste like a sinful dessert ✋Well you are in LUCK because we have the perfect sweet snack for you: Homemade Cookie Dough Larabars🍪
Store-bought bars are great and all, but homemade ones made with fresh ingredients just hits different. Plus it's more affordable and the perfect addition to your meal prep spread (ya know, if you're into that) 😉All you need are FOUR ingredients to make this vegan and paleo snack that will trick your sweet tooth!
This date recipe is super quick and easy and one that the whole family will love. We do recommend storing them in the fridge so they aren't so sticky when you go to grab one but they don't require refrigeration, so you can take them to the beach, on a hike, on a road trip, to the park...anywhere you go these bars can go too!

Ingredients you'll need:

    1. Joolies Dates
      • Don't forget to pit and soak in warm water first! Why soak them? Well, while they are juicy beforehand, this step allows them to become extra-hydrated to create the perfect texture.
    2. Cashews
      • Nuts provide healthy fats to help keep you full longer and fueled. Raw cashews work best in this recipe—try to avoid any roasted and salted if possible. We don't recommend substituting this because the cashew flavor is needed for the cookie-dough-like taste! 
    3. Dark Chocolate Chips 
      • We recommend using a dark chocolate without fillers like Enjoy Life, Hu Kitchen, or Eating Evolved. A lot of chocolate uses "natural" sweeteners that are really just chemicals, so always watch out for those (and dairy of course)!

Optional add-ins:

    1. Dried Fruit
      • Goji berries, blueberries, raisins, strawberries, cranberries, or whatever you got, you can add in this recipe! If it's dried and a fruit, it will be magnificent in these Larabars.
    2. Fun Spices
      • Warm spices are delicious for coffees, granola bars, baking, or however you really like to spice up your everyday life. Doesn't matter if it's cinnamon or nutmeg, adding one of these spices (or maybe a few combos) can really bump up this snack!
If you make this sweet snack, be sure to tag us on Instagram and Pinterest so we can see all your date-able recreations! And you can always comment below! 
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Homemade Cookie Dough Larabars

Vegan, Paleo, Refined sugar-free

  • prep time: 15 minutes
  • cook (aka chill) time: 25 minutes
  • total time: 40 minutes
Servings: 5
  • 2 cups pitted  Joolies dates
  • 1 cup cashews
  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  1. Line a 5x7 baking pan with parchment paper.

  2. Pit Joolies dates and soak in warm water for 3-5 minutes. 

  3. Add all ingredients except chocolate chips into a food processor and process until a sticky, but course texture forms. Then stir in chocolate chips.

  4. Press evenly into the lined baking pan and pop in the freezer for 25 minutes then cut into bars and enjoy! 

Refrigerate in an air tight container for up to two weeks.